Ryan LaCroix

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Ryan LaCroix joined KOSU’s staff in 2013. He hosts All Things Considered, Oklahoma Rock Show, Oklahoma Rock Show: Rewind, and Oklahoma Music Minute.

Prior to KOSU, he taught at ACM@UCO, wrote for Oklahoma Today magazine, and co-authored two books for the Oklahoma Historical Society. He also serves on the music selection commitee for Norman Music Festival. He holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and lives in a rural Oklahoma town with his wife and son.

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Every week, the Oklahoma Music Minute gives a run down of where you can see live music. There so much great music being played in the state and we encourage you to get out and see some of these concerts live! Here are our picks for the week of March 25-29.

Monday, March 25

Every month, NPR member stations in our public radio network let us know what's been on repeat in their worlds to meet your music discovery and streaming needs.

You can expect an epic piano anthem from Florence + The Machine, Kehlani's sassy new dance-floor bop and an acoustic drive-by ballad by Oshima Brothers in this month's playlist. Below are some newfound favorites, all written from the voices of public radio stations across the country.

In early 2017, LCG & the X released several remarkably strong demos on Bandcamp. Now, the band has recorded their debut studio album.

Morgan Hartman, the singer of the Oklahoma City band, talked to KOSU's Ryan LaCroix about the formation of the band, filling out their sound, and raising funds for their debut studio album.

Hear the conversation above and read below for interview highlights.

Colourmusic released a new nine-song album, Swimsuit, this week. It's their first studio release in five years, following 2014's May You Marry Rich.

In the time between record releases, the band stopped performing live for several years and parted ways with its record label. Drummer Nick Ley also joined The Flaming Lips during the hiatus.

Shervin Lainez

Better late than never, right? Here are my favorite 20 songs released in 2018:

20. Caroline Rose - Bikini

19. Courtney Barnett - Nameless, Faceless

Flickr / Kjetil Korslien

Millions of sensitive files—some regarding investigations by the FBI—were uncovered in an unprotected data leak at the Oklahoma Securities Commission in December.

Phil Clarkin

Steve Ripley, guitarist, inventor and leader of the country rock group The Tractors, died Thursday evening at his Pawnee County home after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 69.

Ripley played in several bands during high school and continued to do so as a student at Oklahoma State University. He opened his own recording studio, Stillwater Sound, in the early 1970s.

Ryan LaCroix, host of The Oklahoma Rock Show, shares his 10 favorite Oklahoma albums of 2018:

10. Gum - When the Water Hits the Moon

LISTEN: Tired Eyes, I Can Do What You Want Me To, Under Your Spell

Last week, we counted down the top 25 Oklahoma songs of 2018. In total, we played 455 new songs on The Oklahoma Rock Show in 2018, so our final list was very competitive.

Check out our picks below.

25. Colourmusic - "Haunt Me"

24. Labrys - "Don't Know"

Every month, NPR Music asks DJs from public radio stations across the country to name a new favorite song and, this month, KOSU featured Tulsa band Broncho.

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